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Rosie's Walk

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  4,411 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Rosie the hen is enjoying a leisurely walk around the farm, but the stroll isn't nearly as pleasant for the fox who is trying -- unsuccessfully -- to navigate the obstacle course Rosie is unknowingly leading him through.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1968)
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Picture books about foxes
4th out of 91 books — 23 voters
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Rosie's Walk

I actually first heard about this book when I was watching it on “Weston Woods” which is a children’s programming company that turns classic children’s books into ten minute long cartoon shorts. “Rosie’s Walk” is a children’s book by Pat Hutchins and it is about the wacky adventures of Rosie the Hen and the fox that is trying to catch her. “Rosie’s Walk” is truly a brilliant and hilarious book that many children will love for many years!

This was the first book that I have read from Pat Hutchins
So much fun! This is really all about the illustrations as there are only a very few words and it could really be told without them--which I mean as a compliment because the illustrations are wonderfully expressive and interesting. As the sly fox slinks after Rosie the chicken on her walk, he comes to realize that maybe she is even MORE sly as she leads him through a series of natural booby-traps which she manages to skillfully avoid. It's like a more refined Roadrunner and Wylie Coyote! ;->
We got a themed box of books from the library about Farms and this was one of the books. Most of these books from the box, although labeled for grade K, are really a little boring for my 5 yr old, but he's already doing first grade work, so it might depend on your level of your reader. My twin 3 yr old's loved this though. About 10 words in the entire book, it's really more about the story that the pictures tell, about Rosie the Hen's walk around the farm with a fox chasing right behind her. The ...more
Niamh Griffin
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins is an excellent illustrated book that tells the story of Rosie the hen that goes for a walk around the farmyard before having dinner. In this particular book the illustrations nearly tell more than the words as they introduce the character of the fox that follows Rosie along her walk and attempts to pounce on her. Instead undergoes a series of mishaps in his attempts which are illustrated humorously from beginning to end. The text and illustrations give an account of ...more
This story is all about the pictures—the words are sparse and not integral to the story. Rosie the hen goes for a walk, and the fox following her always manages to get hurt in places that she stays safe. Does Rosie do it on purpose, or is it just luck? You decide.

I love the stylized illustrations from 1968.
Lovely book for Early Years depicting the journey of Rosie the hen. It is also lovely because the stroy focuses on Rosie but the story itself has another character who is only shown in picture. This leads itself to asking questions about this character. Group reading would be a very good time to use this book.
Rosie’s Walk is a great children’s picture book, I really enjoyed it. I admit it is a book that I had not read previously, but after hearing from a colleague of how awlful it was I had to read it for myself. After reading the booK I beg to differ, it is a fantastic children’s book.

I read this book to my daughter, and after using probing questions such as: ‘look at the hen, what is he doing?’ she followed each page curiously, as she said, “mummy the fox is trying to eat him” Once she realised the
Rosie’s Walk is a delightful book about a hen named Rosie who decides to take a stroll oblivious to the fact that she is being trailed by a fox. This book is really fun to share with younger readers. It is full of wit and it is really interesting that at no point in the story does the author mention the word Fox. There is minimal text in this story; however there are lots of fascinating illustrations which add to the humour! Another bonus feature of this story is that it also introduces younger ...more
Lucy Watts
Pat Hutchins' picture book lets readers follow Rosie, the hen of the title, all around the farm where she lives. The illustrations are wonderfully bold, and at the same time full of details which children like to take time looking at and pointing out. The text of the book is quite simple for young children to grasp, and consists of short sentences which practise prepositions such as across, over, around, through, etc. Good as the text and illustrations are on their own, the real genius of the bo ...more
The first time reading Rosie’s Walk I was not very impressed. There are very few words and I didn’t feel like a child would be too engaged in the book, but after reading it a second time and thinking of ideas to make it better, I thought that when reading the book if you made noises to go along with what’s being said it may enhance the walk and make the story better as a whole. So for a third time reading it, I decided to read the story out loud, making noises when the fox had an accident, and f ...more
Tharema Alim
I read this book when working with a nursery class and the children really enjoyed the story. It has simple sentences and colourful illustrations to go with it which the children love. After a few times the book has been read to the children they start to pick up on most of the sentences such as "past the mill", "over the haycock" which enables them to join in with the story.

A activity I did with the children that they really enjoyed was a role play, where I got half the children to be the foxes
Rosie the hen leaves the chicken coop and sets out for a little walk. A fox follows behind her, but cannot catch her as she leads him into one accident after another. Eventually Rosie returns to the coop just in time for dinner.

This is a great simple story for teaching positional words and mapping a story. Rosie, followed by a fox, goes ACROSS the yard, AROUND the pond, PAST the mill, THROUGH the fence, and UNDER the beehives. The fox, to the delight of the children, has one accident after anoth
I absolutely love this simple text which is ideal and a must for first readers. The children absolutely love it. They follow Rosie on her walk through a pictorial map of the farm who is totally oblivious of the fox who is close behind. The children love the anticipation of what will happen next and what happens to the fox as he pursues Rosie. It can be used to teach young children directional vocabulary such as through, over, under amongst others. It has simple texts that children memorise quick ...more
Rosie’s walk is a fantastic picture book about a hen going for a walk. The text is very simple and focuses on what Rosie is doing e.g. she goes across the yard, around the pond etc. What I loved about this book is the detailed, colourful illustrations. The text never mentions a fox however the illustrations show a fox following Rosie as she goes on her walk. Each time the fox gets close to Rosie, he has an accident. I enjoyed reading this book to the children and listening to them discuss whethe ...more
Very fun pictures highlight this children's book, about a fox's thwarted efforts to have a hen for dinner. Children will delight in finding the small amusing details.
Sarah Brock
This is a very simple book about a hen that goes on a walk back to her hen house. The illustration shows a fox following the hen, but never discusses this within the text. This book is one that can be shown to the Early Years when talking about the farm, or going on walks, or flowing trails. If you have read this story to children a few times you could then translate it into a different language such as French or Spanish as there aren’t too many words within the text. This is a nice short book f ...more
Alternating pages with words and pages without words, makes this book easy to follow for new readers. Further, the illustrations match the main character's (the oblivious rooster) actions, helping to prompt the reader, followed by funny pictures of the hungry/mischievious fox getting himself into trouble, making the story fun to read. Little details in each illustration (a little snail by the side of the road, a bird in a tree or a little mouse in a haystack) make it fun to explore beyond the wo ...more
Rosie the hen goes on a walk unaware that a fox is following her. She makes it home for dinner unharmed as the fox gets delayed, such as flour falling onto him from the mill.

I particularly enjoyed reading this book which is why I rated it 5* because the use of alternate pages with writing and then just pictures allows the children to be able to develop their communication skills because they can tell you what is happening. It also allows children to learn about positional language, such as acro
Jennifer Amichia
Very simple book, but it made me laugh nonetheless! It could make for a great read aloud in trying to relay the message of how malicious intent always leaves the malice one on their faces. It could be a great character lesson and just a cute short read. I enjoyed it and was able to make predictions with every page turn.
Sep 05, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2010, childrens, humor
This is an entertaining book that has a simple story (Rosie takes a walk), with an underlying tale that is told solely through the illustrations. The background story is very funny, filled with slapstick humor that makes our girls laugh uproariously at the fox's antics.
Klaudia Maniakowska
„Rosie’s Walk” is a 1968 picture book that aims at teaching prepositions, because as the hen leaves its hencoop, Rosie goes across the yard, around the pond, past the mill, etc. The plot revolves around a never-ending chase of a determined fox after the oblivious hen. In contrast to the hen’s calm walk, the jumping fox’s diagonal shape placed almost always at the upper half of each page depicts his active pursuit of Rosie. Moreover, due to the fact that the fox is always on the left side, after ...more
Rosie's Walk is a story about an innocent hen and a cunning fox. The hen set off for a walk around the farm (who was unknown about the fact that a fox following behind to eat her) and reaches the home safely at the end.
The colourful pictures of the farm and the animals will attract the children to read the story repeatedly. Use of good vocabulory and the narration of the author gives a clear picture of the story to the readers.
It is more suitable for Nursery and Reception class children. Simple
Tee Jay
Rosie's walk is a wonderful story about a little hen who goes for a walk around the barnyard while a fox tries to catch her. The story engages the youngest children as they predict what will happen to the fox each time the fox jumps at the hen. It also teaches the children the concepts of around, over, under, etc. in a fun way. It is a perfect book for early readers to read when they are beginning to read. I have used it in my classroom and with my grandchildren. It was published about the same ...more
Even though one could classify Rosie's Walk as a "predictable book" because of its cohesive, progressive unfolding of the events, it truly solicits a few pleasures to enjoy. The illustrations are bright and ooze a certain exuberance of summer time, which automatically contributes to the enjoyment of the whole story. Colours of yellow, green and red influence the perception of the story, there is both movement and stability, and the blissfully unaware hen is an indeed splendid, funny character. T ...more
Jennifer Parrish
This book is so cute! It is about a hen named Rosie who is going for a walk and the entire time a fox is following her closely behind. Each page is showing Rosie moving along on her walk and the fox who is behind her keeps getting hurt. He follows her across the yard and gets hit in the face with a rake. He follows her by the pond and falls in the pond. He follows her over the haystack and sinks in the haystack. Rosie makes it home in time for dinner and the fox is no where to be found. The illu ...more
Esther May
This is cute story, not many words and fun pictures. It is a perfect book to introduce kids to the idea of prepositional phrases - almost every page has one.

Samantha Mendez
Rosie's Walk is a short tale of a hen who goes for a walk and unwittingly evades the capture of a seemingly clumsy fox. Rosie ventures across the farm, unaware that she is being stalked by a fox, before arriving home safely for dinner.

This is largely a picture book aimed at young children which introduces the use of prepositions to explain how the hen is avoiding the obstacles that she meets. This story could be used during literacy and numeracy lessons as an introduction to positioning. With an
Kayla Fjellbo
Rosie is one lucky Hen. At least on her walk she is. Rosie takes a walk one day and is unaware of her sneaky stalker the fox. It seems every obstacle Rosie easily glides over, around, or through the fox has trouble doing the same. What will it take for the fox to finally leave Rosie alone?

This funny tale by Pat Hutchins is a perfect interactive book for children. As people read this aloud to a class they have a lot of opportunities to have classroom interaction. This colorful painted book doesn'
Rosie’s Walk is about a hen that is walking around a farmyard completely unaware of a fox following her. This story is humorous because even thought the hen is oblivious to the foxes efforts to eat her, she always manages to escape him. This book has detailed illustrations but minimal language. The language used in the book is a great way for young children to learn about directional language. For example, Rosie goes "through the fence”, “around the pond”. The lack of text also provides children ...more
Good for working on language-preps,location, especially if you can act it out and use manipulatives.
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